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AP Sportlight



Published: Fri, September 8, 2006 @ 12:00 a.m.



AP Sportlight

Compiled By PAUL MONTELLA

Sept. 8

1957 -- Australia's Malcolm Anderson defeats countryman Ashley Cooper in three sets to win the U.S. Open. Althea Gibson becomes the first black to win the U.S. Open, beating Louise Brough for the women's title.

1968 -- Virginia Wade wins the U.S. Open, upsetting Billie Jean King, 6-4, 6-4.

1969 -- Australia Rod Laver wins the U.S. Open and the grand slam of tennis for the second time in his career with a four-set victory over Tony Roche.

1973 -- Australia's Margaret Smith Court wins the U.S. Open for the fifth time with a three-set victory over Evonne Goolagong.

1974 -- Billie Jean King wins her fourth U.S. Open with a three-set triumph over Evonne Goolagong.

1979 -- Tracy Austin, at 16, becomes the youngest player to win the U.S. Open when she upsets Chris Evert Lloyd 6-4, 6-3.

1990 -- Gabriela Sabatini prevents Steffi Graf from winning her third consecutive Grand Slam title with a 6-2, 7-6 (7-4) victory in the U.S. Open.

1998 -- Mark McGwire breaks Roger Maris' 37-year-old home run record, lining historic No. 62 just over the wall in left field with two outs in the fourth inning. McGwire's shot off the Chicago Cubs' Steve Trachsel sets off a wild celebration in Busch Stadium.

2001 -- Venus Williams wins her second consecutive U.S. Open title by beating her sister, Serena, 6-2, 6-4 in the first prime-time women's Grand Slam final. The match is the 10th between sisters in a Grand Slam match during the Open era, with the older sister winning every time.

2002 -- Pete Sampras beats Andre Agassi 6-3, 6-4, 5-7, 6-4 to win his 14th Grand Slam title and the U.S. Open for the fifth time. At 31, Sampras is the Open's oldest champion since 1970.

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